COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2016) – Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel team made a remarkable recovery after an explosion at the Houston event that destroyed his race car.
The team spent countless hours in preparation for Atlanta with help from many sponsors and the racing community. “I can’t say enough about this Rob Wendland led team,” McMillen said. “We had a lot of help to get here, but my crew did the job of a much more seasoned crew to get here and I’m very proud of each of their efforts.”
McMillen wanted to again thank Don Schumacher and DSR, John Force and JFR, Bill Miller and BME, Weld Wheels, Nitro Sew and AMALIE Motor Oil for the extra contributions they made to support the team.
The highlight of the weekend for McMillen came in the third qualifying session. The team had struggled in the first two sessions to get a handle on the new car that fans named for the weekend as “Darth-Gator” and “Stealth-Gator” for the bare metal look, which is usually adorned with the XTERMIGATOR wrap. In the third qualifying session McMillen posted a 3.843 elapsed time, the second quickest of the session of the hot afternoon session, earning him two bonus points, a career first.
McMillen faced Shawn Langdon in the opening round and left early for a rare red light start. “We would have liked to win a round or two here this weekend, but overall I’m encouraged,” McMillen told his team shortly after the loss. “We have a few things left to work on to get back where we were, but I have no doubt we’ll rebound in Topeka.”
Which will include his XTERMIGATOR wrapped AMALIE Motor Oil Dragster.
Qualifying for Topeka begins next Friday, May 20 from Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas.